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""A Summer on the Island""

Siemens Sanat interprets the idea of 'being an islander' through the eyes of the islander artists with the year's first exhibition called "A Summer on the Island". Curated by Emre Zeytinoglu, the exhibition meets with art lovers between February 17th and April 14th in 2010. The exhibition includes the artworks of Stella Angelidou, Ani Setyan, Simge Uygur and Hasan Zeybek.

Emre Zeytinoglu, the curator of the "A Summer on the Island", states that the fact that the living area of the island is constrained with borders makes the residents of the island to adapt themselves to its conditions. He summarizes his observations regarding the islanders as follows: "The islanders have the feeling that they can not go far away anytime they want to. They can not take prompt travel decisions since they are always bound to ship or plane schedules or 'transit conditions'. They can just leave the island when there is a match between the transport schedules and their pleasure or the need of going far away. This match rarely happens in the life of the islanders and when the long years in the island ties them tight to the geography, the wish (and energy) to leave the island becomes a small probability. Usually the greatest adventure for an islander is to go out of the garden towards the downtown. The far probability is to go to the neighboring village or city."

Zeytinoglu emphasizes the change in today's circumstances and adds that even if it is a long travel the islanders now leave the island for 'jobs' and thus try to overcome the typical characteristics of an islander.

The exhibition also examines the fact that the island reminds people of sea and sun and therefore a 'summer life'. The artists interpret the idea of 'being an islander' and bring different points of view to the island life associated with the consumption culture of the present time.

The "A Summer on the Island" exhibition includes the artworks of the artists who have different perception and experiences about the island life. The similar and differentiating states of these different perception and experiences are expressed with the adjacent standing of the works in the exhibition. The islander artists are the addressees and even the figures of the romantic stories fictionalized by others on the islands and they present their unique thoughts on their own island.

With kind supports of Euromessage, Intercity, Garanti Bank, Madebycat, OSRAM, Ran Logistics, and Siemens Home Appliances, "A Summer on the Island" exhibition is open to visit everyday from 10 AM to 7 PM at Siemens Sanat between February 17th and April 14th in 2010.

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